Brandeis Univeristy's Master’s and PhD programs offer the great advantages of small, focused programs with intense faculty-student interactions around rigorous training. The Master’s degree is in general psychology and provides students with an understanding of the scientific foundations of psychology (social, developmental and cognitive), as well as direct research experience (experimental design, data collection, data analysis and research writing). The Ph.D. program offers two general areas of training: (1) cognitive neuroscience and (2) social developmental psychology. Ph.D. students in both areas have the option of choosing the Brain, Body and Behavior curriculum to gain a deep biomedical perspective on their chosen area.
Please be sure to visit the research page to see the research interests of individual faculty members and the research areas represented in the department.
The master's degree program leads to a terminal Master of Arts degree in general psychology. The program provides students with an understanding of the scientific foundations of psychology (social, developmental and cognitive), as well as direct research experience (experimental design, data collection, data analysis and research writing). Students may enroll in the program on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students are expected to complete the degree in one year. Recent graduates of our master's program have gone on to pursuits such as doctoral programs, research assistants, clinical research coordinators and project managers.
The Department of Psychology's doctoral program leads to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. There are two general areas of training within the Ph.D. program: (1) cognitive neuroscience and (2) social developmental psychology. Students in both areas have the option of choosing the Brain, Body and Behavior curriculum to gain a deep biomedical perspective on their chosen area.
The goal of the Ph.D. program is to develop excellent researchers and teachers who will become leaders in psychological science. From the start of graduate study, research activity is emphasized. The program helps students develop an area of research specialization and gives them opportunities to work in their chosen area of training: social/developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience with an optional emphasis on brain, body and behavior.
In all areas, dissertation supervisors are leaders in the following areas: motor control, visual perception, taste physiology and psychophysics, memory, learning, aggression, emotion, personality and cognition in adulthood and old age, social relations and health, stereotypes and nonverbal communication. Please be sure to visit the research page to see the research interests of individual faculty members and the research areas represented in the department.
We encourage you to learn more about our program, located just outside of Boston with its world-renowned academic resources -- an ideal location for internships, research, and career opportunities. As part of the Boston Area Graduate Consortium, Brandeis students are welcome to take advantage of the curricular opportunities at several area schools.
Generous scholarships and fellowships are available. Successful applicants to the Ph.D. program are offered full tuition waivers, a stipend, and health insurance allowance. Most of our master’s students receive generous scholarships in the form of merit- and need-based aid.
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All applicants must have obtained a bachelor's degree or the international equivalent prior to matriculation. Applicants are considered holistically on the basis of a number of factors. In most cases, previous work as an undergraduate major or as a formal minor (18 credits or more) is desirable. However, an applicant should always check with the psychology department concerning the suitability of previous academic work as it pertains to the degree program in question.
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International Financial Aid:
A variety of loan programs, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the TERI Continuing Education Loan, may be available to Graduate Professional Studies students who meet this criteria.